Well, I may be edging perilously close to ‘too much of good thing'…I don't think I'm there quite yet, however I do probably need to take a hiatus from oyster shell projects. But, this oyster shell lampshade has been brewing in my head for over a year and I was driven to heed the call. So now that I have it out of my system, I can move on to other projects.
And in all honesty, I've only done 3 oyster shell projects over the past year…these oyster shell clusters, my oyster shell mirror and now this lamp…that averages to one every 4 months…that's not too bad.
Oh, and there was the wreath…but that only had a few oyster shells on it, so it really doesn't count…right?
And I do live on the coast and oysters are abundant and…well, OK, enough rationalization. I'll get on with my lampshade and be done with it.
But it does need to be said, I am REALLY tickled with this lampshade. Now, I know an oyster shell lampshade may not be everyone's cup of tea. Both of my men looked at it and said…”Hmmm…don't you need some material under there somewhere?” and my son also said, “I mean, you can see the lightbulb.”
But my daughter and her friends loved it. So, guess it's just a personal preference.
And as much as I love this finished oyster shell lampshade, I think I enjoyed the process of figuring out how to make it maybe a skosh more. I am finding that I do love to noodle how to do things as much as the actual doing.
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Tell me truthfully, does your garage floor look like this?
Well, those days are over my friend…because I have this spiffy tent…and equally spiffy turntable.
The obvious benefit of the tent is that it really reduces the spray that comes from using spray paint, but also avoids ‘things' being blown onto your wet paint by a gust of wind. And the turntable makes it so easy to get to all sides of an item without having to actually touch the item you are painting.
So here's the finished product and yup, I'm loving this oyster shell lampshade in my dining room.
It pairs perfectly with one of my favorite paintings by Anna Japp.
I used a low wattage soft white light bulb which produced a very soft light with no bright glare. The shadows on the wall in the evening are really lovely.
If you think you might like to upcycle some discarded oyster shells for a unique oyster shell lampshade, then pin it for your future reference.
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